This Thanksgiving, we’ll be jacking up our cocktails with some homemade cranberry liqueur.
The serious eats food blog has a drinks section in which there is a regular feature entitled DIY vs. Buy, showcasing do-it-yourself recipes for various Drinky Ingredients. I’ve made their Ginger Liqueur, a really good elixir with a multidimensional flavor profile. Cheap as borscht to make, too - way less costly than comparable products available in the local Booze Shoppe.
With the annual Day of Turkification and Expressions of Gratitude looming, what better homemade tipple to essay than cranberry liqueur?
The recipe is simplicity itself. As I write this, the cooked cranberry purée is macerating with an appropriate quantity of Russian Standard vodka; we’ll strain out the solids on Thanksgiving Day and our liqueur should be good to go.
I do not generally imbibe the Cosmopolitan, but I would suspect that using nice, flavorsome cranberry liqueur in lieu of the usual watery, obnoxious bottled cranberry juice could not help but improve it.
There are plenty of other fascinating DIY recipes over there at serious eats - anyone for Swedish Punsch? Akvavit? - and I will be sure to try a few more. Each recipe is prefaced by a short piece which explains the rationale for Doing It Yourself. Check it out!